Supergirl

March 06, 2015 | 1:42 p.m.

‘Supergirl': First look images of Melissa Benoist in costume revealed

Melissa Benoist plays Supergirl in the upcoming CBS series "Supergirl." (Bonnie Osborne / Warner Bros.)
The first images of CBS’ upcoming “Supergirl” series have revealed the Kryptonian heroine’s new costume. And many can breathe a sigh of relief, because unlike some recent versions of her comic book counterpart, the TV Supergirl won’t have to wear a midriff costume. The two images show series star Melissa Benoist in the traditional “super” combo of red, blue and gold. And in keeping with other DC Comics properties on screen, the lighting seems to emphasize a darker take on the character. But she is smiling in one of the photos, which promises she won’t be quite as brooding as some of her comic book colleagues. The costume was designed by Oscar-winner Colleen Atwood, who also designed the costumes for DC’s “The Flash” and “Arrow” on the CW. In a statement, Atwood said, “In designing Supergirl, I wanted to embrace […]
Feb. 27, 2015 | 11:43 a.m.

‘Supergirl': CBS show casts Dean Cain, Helen Slater in mystery roles

Helen Slater and Dean Cain. (Kelsey Edwards; Warner Bros. Television)
Dean Cain and Helen Slater have joined the cast of CBS’ “Supergirl” in unspecified roles. Warner Bros. Television confirmed that the stars will appear on the new show, which will focus on 24-year-old Kara Zor-El, played by “Glee” alumnus Melissa Benoist. Although it is unclear what characters Cain and Slater will bring to the screen, the news sparked widespread speculation that the duo would portray Kara’s Earth parents. Cain, of course, famously starred on the 1990s series “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”: Slater starred in the critically panned 1984 film “Supergirl,” which also featured Faye Dunaway. Written and executive produced by “No Ordinary Family” team Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash”) and Ali Adler (“Chuck,” “Glee”), with Sarah Schechter (“Pan”) also executive producing, “Supergirl” will see Kara working as an assistant to media mogul Cat Grant alongside Jimmy […]
Feb. 26, 2015 | 1:00 p.m.

‘Supergirl’ casts first villain: David Harewood to play Hank Henshaw

David Harewood has been cast as Hank Henshaw in "Supergirl." (Warner Bros. / DC)
“Supergirl” appears to have found its first villain. David Harewood (“Homeland”) is joining the CBS drama as Hank Henshaw. In the comics, Henshaw is a supervillain also known as the Cyborg or Cyborg Superman. In the series, Henshaw is a former CIA agent who now runs the Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO), which tracks extraterrestrial threats. Harewood’s casting was announced Thursday, along with news that “Grey’s Anatomy” actress Chyler Leigh will play Supergirl’s foster sister, Alexandra “Alex” Danvers, a doctor whose fascination with her sister’s powers inspired her lifelong obsession with science. The name Danvers is a nod to Linda Danvers — the name of several alternative versions of Supergirl throughout comics history. Supergirl, comics fans know, is Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El. Like Kal-El, Kara escaped Krypton before it was destroyed and arrived on Earth after her cousin, with whom […]
Feb. 23, 2015 | 1:00 p.m.

‘Supergirl': Calista Flockhart set as media mogul Cat Grant for CBS show

“Supergirl” has found its Cat Grant. Actress Calista Flockhart will play the self-made media magnate in the new one-hour CBS drama starring “Glee” alumnus Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin. Written and executive produced by “No Ordinary Family” team Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash”) and Ali Adler (“Chuck,” “Glee”), with Sarah Schechter (“Pan”) also executive producing, “Supergirl” will focus on a 24-year-old Kara, who works as an assistant to Grant at her global company, CatCo. However, Kara is ready to stop hiding her powers and become a hero. The addition of Golden Globe-winning actress Flockhart (“Ally McBeal,” “Brothers & Sisters”) to the show’s cast was confirmed by Warner Bros. Television on Monday. “Supergirl” also will feature actor Mehcad Brooks (“True Blood,” “Desperate Housewives”) as Jimmy Olsen — the character will not work as a young photographer in the Daily […]
Jan. 29, 2015 | 8:11 a.m.

‘Supergirl': Mehcad Brooks to play Jimmy Olsen in CBS drama

Mehcad Brooks has been cast as Jimmy Olsen in "Supergirl." (Teddy Smith / Bubble Releasing; Kerry Gammill / DC Entertainment)
“Supergirl” has found its Jimmy Olsen, casting “True Blood” alumnus Mehcad Brooks in the staple role. Word came late Tuesday that Brooks, whose previous credits include “Necessary Roughness” and “Desperate Housewives,” will star opposite Melissa Benoist’s Kara Zor-El. Supergirl, comics fans know, is Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El. Like Kal-El, Kara escaped Krypton before it was destroyed and arrived on Earth after her cousin, with whom she shares an array of superhuman abilities. The show will focus on a 24-year-old Kara who is ready to stop hiding her powers and become a hero. In the comics, James “Jimmy” Olsen is a young photographer who works with Clark Kent and Lois Lane in the Daily Planet Newsroom, but in the upcoming CBS series, Jimmy and Kara are colleagues at a media company called CatCo. (Astute comic fans might remember the “Superman” character […]
Jan. 22, 2015 | 11:03 a.m.

‘Supergirl': ‘Glee’ actress Melissa Benoist to star in new CBS series

Actress Melissa Benoist has been cast as the heroine in "Supergirl." (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times; DC Entertainment)
Actress Melissa Benoist is set to star in “Supergirl,” CBS’ new one-hour drama, the latest in a flurry of TV shows based on comic book superheroes. The series will be written and executive produced by “No Ordinary Family” team Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash”) and Ali Adler (“Chuck,” “Glee”), with Sarah Schechter (“Pan”) also executive producing. Supergirl, comics fans know, is Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El. Like Kal-El, Kara escaped Krypton before it was destroyed and arrived on Earth after her cousin, with whom she shares an array of superhuman abilities. The show will focus on a 24-year-old Kara who is ready to stop hiding her powers and become a hero. On television, Benoist is best known for her work on “Glee”; she can be seen currently on the big screen in the Oscar-nominated film, “Whiplash.” Later this spring, she will […]
Sept. 19, 2014 | 2:15 p.m.

‘Supergirl’ series flies to CBS in new wave of comic book-inspired TV

"Supergirl" is coming to CBS. (DC Entertainment)
Supergirl is soaring onto the small screen in a new one-hour drama, the latest in a flurry of TV shows based on comic book superheroes. CBS has given a series commitment for the show, DC Entertainment confirmed Friday. The series will be written and executive produced by “No Ordinary Family” team Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash”) and Ali Adler (“Chuck,” “Glee”), with Sarah Schechter (“Pan”) also executive producing. Supergirl, comics fans know, is Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El. Like Kal-El, Kara escaped Krypton before it was destroyed and arrived on Earth after her cousin, with whom she shares an array of superhuman abilities. The show will focus on a 24-year-old Kara who is ready to stop hiding her powers and become a hero. It won’t be Supergirl’s first time on screen; Helen Slater played the character in the critically panned 1984 […]
July 15, 2012 | 6:00 p.m.

Comic-Con sketching — in time lapse

Francis Manapul's Superman and Batman art. (Kyle Higgins)
Kyle Higgins, best known as the writer of  “Nightwing” for DC Comics,  is a guest blogger for Hero Complex at Comic-Con International this year. Here’s a time lapse of Francis Manapul, artist and co-writer on ‘The Flash,’ doing a Supergirl piece with an ink wash And, the final piece: Plus two more that Francis completed for the show: –Kyle Higgins RECENT AND RELATED ‘Dark Knight Rises’: Nolan’s masked ambitions Dark Knight Rises’ hits the road Bat flight, Cat fights, Gotham falls Hans Zimmer explains Christopher Nolan’s secrecy Hathaway: Catwoman modeled on Hedy Lamarr Christopher Nolan opens up about Bane choice Christian Bale says goodbye to Gotham ‘Dark Knight Rises’: Tom Hardy as Bane Nolan on his favorite scene in ‘Dark Knight’ Nolan: Hollywood takes too many shortcuts
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